I Can Program Encourages You to Camp, Paddle, Fish, Bike

I Can Program MN DNR

(Minnesota) — April 14th, 2022 — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ award-winning I Can! program resumes this summer with outdoor skill-building sessions held in more than 25 Minnesota state parks. Programs start Saturday, June 11, and continue through late August. Registration begins Thursday, April 14.

Program offerings include:

  • I Can Camp!
  • I Can Paddle!
  • I Can Mountain Bike!
  • I Can Fish!


Program leader helps two people set up their tent. Photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I Can Camp!

These one- or two-night overnight programs are your chance to introduce your kids to the fun of camping—no experience necessary.
I Can Camp!


Program instructor helps three people launch their canoe. Photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I Can Paddle!

Your kids will discover the kind of amazing views only seen from the water during one of these programs designed especially for first-time paddlers.
I Can Paddle!


Smiling children riding mountain bikes

I Can Mountain Bike!

Remember your kids’ joy and triumph when they first learned to bike? Take that joy off-road with this exhilarating program.
I Can Mountain Bike!


Grinning girl shows off a fish still on the line

I Can Fish!

Share the fun of casting into the water and the excitement when there’s a tug on the line. This program is all about the anticipation and thrill of your kids learning to catch fish.
I Can Fish!


Boy aims his arrow at a target

Archery in the Parks!

Be your own action heroes and go beyond video games! This program lets you share the exact moment when your child first aims for a goal and hits it.
Archery in the Parks!


The I Can! program is designed for individuals and families interested in trying one or more of the featured outdoor activities.

“We provide all the gear along with friendly instructors who can show you how to use it,” said Ann Pierce, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails director. “Our goal is to make it easy for all Minnesotans to get outdoors, have fun and enjoy the health and wellness benefits of nature.”

Email ican.dnr@state.mn.us (link sends email) to join the I Can! mailing list.

Registration and more information:

For more information— including program details, dates, times, locations, and minimum age requirements — visit the I Can! page of the DNR website or contact the DNR Information Center at [email protected] or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday). To register for the I Can! programs, visit mndnr.gov/reservations or call 866-857-2757 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except holidays).

Since 2010, nearly 100,000 people have participated in I Can! programs. The DNR’s I Can! program series is made possible with funding from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25% of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

All Photo Credits: MN DNR


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